Bangladesh’s first neurosurgeon Rashiduddin Ahmad has died at the age of 79, his family says.
Ahmad’s daughter Rashida Ahmad said he had breathed his last at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), where he was an emeritus professor, around 8pm on Saturday.
She told bdnews24.com that her father had suffered “a massive (hemorrhagic) stroke on Feb 9”.
“He did not regain consciousness. He was in coma and last week his condition became unstable,” she said.
Namaaz-e-Janaza for Prof Ahmad will be held at BSMMU at 10am on Sunday, according to the family.
Prof Ahmad was the cynosure of patients for decades.
Prof Kanak Kanti Barua, Chairman of BSMMU’s neurosurgery department, who saw the teacher at Dhaka Metropolitan Hospital, earlier said his condition was “very critical”.
He said a medical board was supervising the treatment of the pioneering professor.
Recalling the contribution of his teacher, Prof Barua said Ahmad had started the neurosurgery practice in 1970.
“During the liberation war he secretly treated freedom fighters as he was the only neurosurgeon that time. Pakistani army men were also taking treatment from him,” he said.
“In September (1971), freedom fighters urged him to leave the country as the Pakistani army came to know that he was helping them. He left for Agartala.
“After the country's liberation, he came back and started the neurosurgery department at the BSMMU, then known as IPGMR.
Inspired by him, the neurosurgery department was established at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He used to teach there part-time at the beginning,” Prof Barua said.
He was the first chairman of the neurosurgery department when the IPGMR turned into a university, BSMMU, in 1998.